The Golden State Warriors could be eyeing their next Shaun Livingston in the 2020 NBA Draft. This player would come in the form of Iowa State guard Tyrese Haliburton, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.
Givony says the Warriors are high on Haliburton’s dynamic skill set and what could be a seamless fit next to the core lineup:
“There’s talk that the Warriors are high on Tyrese Haliburton’s ability to offer some of the things that Shaun Livingston did during Golden State’s championship years,” wrote Giovny. “Haliburton is a tall, exceptionally smart player with a polished jumper who would thrive playing off of stars, which would mask his deficiencies as a shot creator. His experience and intangibles might boost his stock.”
One aspect that isn’t fully mentioned in Givony’s breakdown is Haliburton’s already impressive shooting ability. The springy 6-foot-5 guard shot a beefy 43.4% from deep as a freshman with the Cyclones and a stout 41.9% as a sophomore on increased volume, which would seemingly give him a leg up on Livingston in terms of his outside range.
Haliburton also shot 50% or better in both seasons at Iowa State and profiles as a versatile player thanks to his abilities as a spot-up shooter, nifty playmaker, and a decent scorer for his size.
The Wisconsin native will have to pack on some bulk, but he already possesses sound intangibles (2.5 steals per game as a sophomore) while averaging a well-rounded 15.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 6.5 assists.
Haliburton would come off the bench but could mesh well with either Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson in the backcourt, as well as being a capable play finisher with guys like Draymond Green running the break.
It’s worth noting Haliburton is still sprouting and could grow close to the towering 6-foot-7 frame the veteran Livingston used to outmatch smaller guards.